Regulatory and Professional Discipline

Nicholls & Nicholls provide expert advocacy and advice in relation to professional discipline and regulatory law.

Registration with a regulatory body is vital to many professions and many cannot practice without it. A governing body can revoke your registration or licence if you’ve breached its regulations. Professionals could face investigation from bodies such as the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC) and the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

Regulatory law is vast, ranging from trading standards to firearms licensing and governs how you and your business should operate. Many agencies investigate breaches of their regulations in-house before instigating formal proceedings. We frequently defend businesses and individuals who are being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and The Planning Inspectorate.

Nicholls & Nicholls can assist with a range of regulatory breaches and professional conduct issues efficiently and discretely. From engaging with the Local Authority to representing you at your local court or tribunal, we offer a professional and no-nonsense approach to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

With the regulatory issues that arose as a result of the emergency Coronavirus Act 2020, Nicholls & Nicholls became the go-to lawyers around England and Wales to assist businesses and their directors facing sanctions and proceedings. Our success rate was unprecedented because our team of lawyers knew exactly how to prepare and progress the case in the best interests of the client.

Business Licencing

Certain businesses require specific licences to operate in accordance with the law, particularly premise licences…

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Health and Safety Standards

The main legislation governing Health and Safety in the UK is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974…

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Trading Standards

Trading Standards operate locally and are linked to regional local authorities such as councils…

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Food Safety and Hygiene

Food safety and hygiene relates to the handling, preparing and storing of food and drink to ensure it is safe to consume…

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Firearms and Shotgun Licencing

Possession of firearms and ammunition in the UK is subject to some of the strictest control measures in the world…

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Professional Discipline

Being subject to professional discipline proceedings can be an extremely daunting process and any allegations of wrongdoing…

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Director Disqualification

If you are a company director or officer facing criminal charges or an investigation from a regulatory body…

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Coroner’s Inquests and Inquiries

Inquests take place when someone has died of unnatural circumstances. It is essentially a fact-finding hearing held by a coroner…

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Corporate Internal Investigations

Following a discovery of criminal activity or other misconduct taking place within your organisation…

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School and University Investigations

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is the regulator of all state schools and childcare facilities in England…

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VAT on Goods

Value added tax (VAT) is a consumption charged on goods and services provided commercially and is borne by the end consumer…

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Import/Export Regulations and Excise Fraud

When importing and exporting goods in and out of the UK, businesses must follow customs rules or risk financial sanctions…

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Information Security and Data Protection

The protection of data in the UK is regulated under the Data Protection Act 2018, which is the implementation…

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